Islamabad - The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (SAPM), Syed Tariq Fatemi has called upon the young officers of the Foreign Service of Pakistan to inculcate among themselves the habit of learning and questioning and encouraged the new officers to serve their country and fellow citizens with pride, commitment and humility.

He felicitated the officers on successful completion of their training and becoming a member of the Foreign Service of Pakistan, the first line of defence for Pakistan, while addressing the passing out ceremony of Foreign Service officers belonging to the 35th specialised diplomatic course, held here at the Foreign Service Academy yesterday. Senior officers of the ministry of foreign affairs, academics, representatives of think tanks and media personnel also participated in the ceremony.

Earlier, Director General Foreign Service Academy, Ambassador Jauhar Saleem in his opening remarks gave an overview of the academy saying this specialised institution had trained 574 Foreign Service Officers to date. He added that the Academy continuously endeavoured to update its training programme to keep in step with the changing nature of diplomacy and the new and emerging challenges.

At the end of the ceremony, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs distributed certificates among the participants of 35th specialised diplomatic course and awarded medals to the top three performers of the previous batch.

A total of 21, including 13 gentlemen and 8 lady probationers of the Foreign Service of Pakistan, graduated yesterday from the Foreign Service Academy.